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Daniel WongHi there, I’m Daniel Wong.

If you’re a parent who has asked any of these questions before…

– How can I help my child become more focused and hardworking?

– How can my child learn and study more effectively?

– How should my child prepare for long-term success?

– How can I build a stronger relationship with my child?

– Why doesn’t my child plan for the future?

– Why hasn’t my child taken full responsibility for his or her life?

… then you’ve come to the right place!

I know you’re busy. You have children to take care of, a family to provide for, and many other responsibilities to fulfill. You don’t have time to scour the Internet for information, or read hundreds of books, or attend dozens of talks and seminars.

There’s good news: I’ve done the work for you.

So all you have to do is enter your email below. Once you do that, I’ll start sharing useful info about how to help your child become happy and successful. I’ll also send you my FREE 35-page e-book, 16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager.

Here’s How You Can Learn Proven Principles To Help Your Child Become Happy & Successful

Daniel Wong - Speaking

I get to speak to lots of students, which I really enjoy!

I specialize in empowering students to become both happy and successful—and I show parents how they can help, too. I’m a certified youth counselor and coach, and I’m honored to have been called a learning and teen expert.

I understand how students think, and I know what motivates them. In addition, I’ve mastered hundreds of learning strategies and techniques that I’m excited to share with students.

Here are some ways through which I’d be glad to serve you (many of them are completely free!):

Books and e-books. I’ve written a bestselling book titled The Happy Student: 5 Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success. I’ve also written two popular FREE e-books: (a) 16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager and (b) Singapore Scholarship Guide: The $500,000 Decision.

Online articles. At, I write about empowering students, effective learning strategies, and education. I’m privileged that my writing has also been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, Pick The Brain, Think Simple Now and Personal Excellence, among others.

Speaking. I’ve spoken to thousands of students, parents and educators in countries like the United States, Indonesia and Singapore. I regularly do talks and workshops at schools and organizations. One of the biggest honors I’ve had is to co-present with Dr. Carol Dweck at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Conference. Dr. Dweck is the (super)bestselling author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. I also had the opportunity to give a TEDx talk at Duke University entitled Realistic Idealism: Seeing People as People and a TEDxYouth talk entitled People: Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.

1-to-1 programs. I work with students through The Exam Excellence (TEE) Mentoring Program, and with parents through the “Motivating My Unmotivated Teenager” Program. I also work with clients who have specific issues they wish to address related to learning, motivation or personal development.

Digital products. I’ve created a proven, step-by-step system to help students of all ages to become more organized, focused and disciplined. It’s called the Straight-A Student Weekly Checklist.

As you can tell, I spend a lot of time with students and parents. I spend even more time thinking about their needs, and about how I can serve them better.

Through this process, I’ve learned an incredible amount. I’d love to share this info with you, which I’m confident you’ll benefit from.

What’s an easy way to get access to this high-quality content for FREE? Sign up for the email list:

The Daniel Wong Backstory

Daniel Wong - Teenager

That’s me as a teenager (I’m on the extreme left). I’m standing next to my older brother and sister.

Here’s my backstory, in case you’re interested. :)

As an 18-year-old, I’d achieved a lot of success. I was a top student from primary school all the way through junior college (the equivalent of elementary school through high school); I was the vice-captain of the basketball team; I was on the Chemistry Olympiad training team; I was a member of the Science Research Society; I’d racked up a whole bunch of awards and accolades; I’d received a full academic scholarship to study at Duke University (USA), where I eventually graduated summa cum laude with a double major.

But I suddenly realized that these accomplishments didn’t bring me the fulfillment I was looking for, because they weren’t motivated by the right purpose.

I had an unhealthy obsession with grades and performance. This obsession was destroying me from the inside out. I struggled through a period of depression as a teenager, and I was also a bullying victim.

While at Duke University, I underwent an intense process of learning, reflection and growth. Over a few years, I went from miserable overachiever to happy straight-A student.

My journey led me to pursue this mission:

To empower students with the mindset and methods to lead a meaningful and marvelous life—and show parents how they can help, too.

I work with students to ensure that they don’t make the mistakes that I made, while simultaneously empowering them to find long-lasting happiness and success.

I’m thrilled every time one of my clients experiences a breakthrough. I count myself blessed to be in the business of transforming lives and shaping destinies.


Some Random Facts About Me

I love reading. I’ve read hundreds of books on learning, child/teen development, psychology, education, and more.

In my free time, I enjoy juggling, lifting weights, and playing basketball.

I’ve never received a grade lower than an A- at a major exam. I received a full scholarship from Singapore Airlines to study at Duke University, where I graduated summa cum laude (the equivalent of First Class Honors). My GPA was 3.98 on a 4.0 scale. (I don’t say this to boast. I just want you to know that I’ve mastered many powerful learning strategies and techniques, which I’m excited to share with students.)

I run this business—where I write, speak and coach—full-time.

In 2013, I was awarded the JCI Singapore – Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Merit Award. This was a tremendous honor!

I’m a member of the Global Speakers Federation and the Asia Professional Speakers – Singapore (APSS) association.

I’m married to a wonderful wife named Michele, and we have a son. It’s an amazing privilege to be a husband and father. My wife and son light up my world. :)


Connect With Me

You can find me on Facebook, and you can send me an email.

Once again, if you’d like to receive useful info on helping students to become both happy and successful, enter your email below and click “JOIN!” I’ll also send you my FREE 35-page e-book, 16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager.


  1. Carlo Fuentes says

    Hi Daniel,

    I just want to commend you on some of your articles in yahoo. I have read a few of them and am very impressed. Your articles provide a great source of information as well as inspiration for readers. Keep up the good work.


  2. skatergirl says

    You are one of the rare few (the only one?) who dares to write positive things on yahoo! Such a breath of fresh air from the usual negative comments we read there. Thanks and keep writing!

    Oh, and really agree with the article on people expecting life to be easy, haha. Hit the nail on the head.

  3. Ailora says

    Hi Daniel,

    I just read the article you wrote for TSN, my introduction to your writing. I liked the article enough to click on the link to this site. The article you wrote about mediocrity caught my eye so I read it. I very much liked it, and it scared me too. I’ve occasionally worried over the years about succumbing to mediocrity. My fear is that I’m easily satisfied and so I forget to push myself towards my goals and dreams.

    I don’t need to be rich in money, honestly I’d be happy if I could transition away from the 9 to 5 job that I do ‘just to pay the bills’. I long to be the mistress of my own fate and to answer to no one. I’m a good writer and I’m also very actively pursuing educating myself in the alternative healing arts.

    Every day when I get home from work this feeling comes over me when I think of how it would be to achieve my goals so that I can spend my time with loved ones and work for myself. I don’t know why I keep setting aside my dreams to muddle through a mediocre existence.

    TMI I suppose 😀 But your article really struck a cord with me.

    Brightest Blessings

  4. says

    Hi Ailora,

    Thank you so much for sharing and for your encouragement. From your comment, it’s obvious that you really are a good writer :)

    All the best as you pursue your dreams!


  5. Khuyen (@GKhuyen) says

    Hey Daniel, I listened to your TEDxYouth@Singapore speech and have followed you since then. I’m fortunate to have decided I’m going to live a happy student life since I came to Singapore 4 years ago, and I did everything with that goal in mind. I ended up in the same position with you and perhaps many of your readers right now: a young person who has been inspired and wants to inspire to give back.

    I like your writing a lot. I want to help my friends in Vietnam with that same spirit of empowering others. Thanks for being a real life example of striving hard to achieve a noble goal! I know it takes time for you to gain this level of popularity and impact (which I think you would say “moderate success”) judging from everyone’s praises for you. My path may even be harder, but heck, I’m going to try. The worst thing to do is really nothing at all!

  6. says

    Hey Khuyen,

    Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing about your journey. You’re clearly headed down the path of much greatness– I’m glad for you!

    Stay strong and live large,

  7. FS.Rain says

    Hi there!
    Read your “New 5Cs” and decided to popped in to your site..
    It’s a really good read considered that despite being a optimistic me… I do need some external boost at times.
    That article appeared at the very right time that I needed.

    Keep writing!!!

    and I ENDORSE your new 5Cs!!! =)


  8. says

    Dear Daniel

    Thanks for those wonderful articles you contributed online. May I recommend this wonderful book I’ve read recently called ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy. It has totally changed my life and my way of thinking. It has taught me that we can multiply our success one step at a time. This is what we all want isn’t it? What it has also taught and reminded me is my own ability to empower myself.

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